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SHAH: Romantic comedies are evolving, increasing value

(04/26/19 4:00am)

Just this past week, Netflix released the next in its growing line of original romantic comedies “Someone Great,” which follows an aspiring music journalist Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) who has to move cross-country for her dream job. It means leaving not only her two best friends and New York, but also her boyfriend of nine years, Nate. The movie centers on “one last epic night” among the three girls, each fitted with their own emotional arc about growing up and into a new phase in their lives set to the backdrop of a New York music festival. 




SHAH: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ addresses #MeToo

(03/08/19 5:00am)

This week on my column, I reprise my title as a "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" fan as I write my second article on the show, discussing its most recent episode: “He Said, She Said.” Written by Lang Fisher and serving as cast member Stephanie Beatriz’s directorial debut, the eighth episode of the sixth season of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” — its first season since being saved from cancellation by NBC — took on the daunting task of tackling #MeToo through the lens of a female New York Police Department (NYPD) detective without sacrificing the comedy. 



SHAH: Detention of 21 Savage cannot be overlooked

(02/08/19 5:00am)

I want to start by saying that I am not really a fan of 21 Savage’s music. It is just not my thing. And yet, 21 Savage’s detainment by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is something that absolutely everyone should be paying attention to, regardless of whether we find “Bank Account” to be poetically appealing. Because of the incident's unexpected addition to our growingly ridiculous news cycles, it is quite easy to delegitimize it altogether. The musical artist has been misrepresenting himself as an Atlanta native. The memes about it are funny, even Demi Lovato said so. 


SHAH: Sorkin’s ‘West Wing’ remains relevant yet varies from today

(01/25/19 5:00am)

Aaron Sorkin created and wrote much of the most popular TV show among young liberals who idealize government (myself included), “The West Wing." It is a brilliant 26-Emmy-winning political drama that respects and romanticizes liberalism and the government, but more specifically, the institution of the presidency. Centered on President Josiah Bartlet and his loyal senior staff, “The West Wing” dares to be aspirational and inspirational, envisioning a democratic presidential administration that truly strives to do big, ambitious and idealistic things in the face of what may seem like insurmountable odds. In every episode, I have been moved by the portrayal of love and passion cultivated for our collective American ideals and system of law and justice.  


SHAH: Political correctness is not meant for comedy

(11/16/18 12:44am)

On the Nov. 3 episode of the famed skit comedy show "Saturday Night Live" ("SNL"), comedian Pete Davidson, in a series of light-hearted roasts, made a misstep. Prefacing his joke by noting that Texas Republican Dan Crenshaw had, “lost his eye in war or whatever.” Pete joked that the politician looked like “a hit man in a porno movie.” 


SHAH: ‘The Hate U Give’ is powerful call to action

(11/02/18 1:12am)

The gunshots were harrowing. I was in a movie theater, safe and sound. I knew that it was going to happen, too. I had seen it in the trailer. And still, the gunshots made my heart beat faster and my back straighten in alarm. I knew the cop was going to shoot the funny, cute, innocent, unarmed Black boy the movie had just introduced. I still cried. 



SHAH: BoJack Horseman can make us better people

(10/04/18 11:49pm)

I have to start with an important disclaimer that this article is likely to spoil some aspects of "BoJack Horseman." If you have not already seen it, what are you waiting for? I have seen a lot of TV shows, and though I am by no means qualified to say this, "BoJack Horseman" is the most poignant and thought-provoking piece of television there is. 



SHAH: We must be willing to question third-wave feminism

(09/07/18 5:46pm)

No one has a neutral opinion on the Kardashians. They are an American staple. Whether you love, hate or love to hate them, you know who they are. No one is truly proud to be interested in the Kardashians’ lives, but it is hard not to be, considering they dominate almost every news cycle with one controversy or another. And because they are such an unstoppable, unforgettable force, they seem almost untouchable.


SHAH: Brooklyn Nine-Nine is more than just funny sitcom

(03/22/18 10:19pm)

Television is revolutionary. For many of us, it is mostly a mechanism to procrastinate and hate yourself afterward, but the truth is, much of the content we devour is through television, making it a cornerstone of our culture that is vital to analyze. In a world where headlines are increasingly disparaging, sitcoms are the heart of the people.



SHAH: Maybe tragedy should be politicized to create change

(02/15/18 11:33pm)

One year at my high school, a couple of kids in my grade came to school dressed up in flannels and boots as “school shooters” for Halloween. It was not funny … just heartbreakingly insensitive. Even though those students were immediately chastised by our school administration, the wild inconsideration displayed by such an instance still makes me think. 


SHAH: First Lady Melania Trump is not your 'damsel in distress'

(02/01/18 11:23pm)

Among many of the hashtags that President Donald J. Trump’s administration has started is one of questionable legitimacy: #FreeMelania. Somehow, within the midst of the Women’s March, a movement to empower women, many progressive men and women chose to use the "powerless" First Lady Melania Trump as a rallying cry. Journalists feel compelled to hyper-analyze all of her body movements and slightest facial expressions to diagnose her with Stockholm Syndrome. There is an overwhelming urge to believe that the first lady is suffering, held prisoner by her husband. For years, the first lady has been reaping the benefits of her marriage to a real estate mogul and celebrity. Yet, we still insist she is a victim even when she has explicitly commanded people to not feel sorry for her. Why are we making excuses for a woman who has never shown sympathy to those her husband has torn down? 


SHAH: Both genders necessary to combat sexual assault epidemic

(01/19/18 1:41am)

Like all social revolutions, although the #MeToo movement has garnered great support, it still succumbs to great controversy. While this bold stance against sexual assault perpetrated by famous, untouchable figures is admirable, it also calls into question how to deal with sexual misconduct allegations when the most that can oftentimes be done is unfairly pit one person’s words against another's. The #MeToo story is one of female empowerment, but could it also be a story of a story that, in retrospect, can be compared to the Salem witch trials? With new allegations sufacing daily, the #MeToo movement is at the precipice of mutation, which can be detrimental to its legacy.